WEAVING ART: Deb McFarlane’s beautiful free-style pictures are impressive.
WEAVING ART: Deb McFarlane’s beautiful free-style pictures are impressive. Contributed

Weaving the magic of our coastline

There are no patterns or lines to follow, she simply visually transforms the image into a woven picture (usually from a photograph).

The subject of her picture weavings is usually our beautiful local coastline - Wategos and the Pass at Byron Bay, Lennox Headland, Seven Mile Beach, Skennars Head, Ballina, Bundjalung National Park, Sandon River and a couple of impressive rainforest waterfalls.

Her goal in every weaving is to create a vision so mesmerising that you just want to be there.

"Free-style weaving is a specific type of weaving in which the colour can change at any point and it allows a picture to form within the yarn," says Deb, who was born and bred in Lismore, grew up on a farm at Tullera, and now lives in Ballina.

"It is a traditional form of weaving and the long slow work process is important to the development of each picture."

The large weavings take about three months and involve more than 50 different colours.

Deb, who is passionate about environmental management, uses natural and recycled yarns as much as possible.

Her works have been displayed in local galleries and shops and, last year, she won an award in the Waves & Waterways exhibition.

Deb's weavings will be on display at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry St, Ballina until March 4.

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm and weekends 9.30am-2.30pm.

Deb will also be doing weaving demonstrations from 10-11.30am on February 25 and March 3.

 



Bride-to-be gets wedding ring stolen

premium_icon Bride-to-be gets wedding ring stolen

Evans Head bride-to-be shares her nightmare robbery

REVEALED: Plans progress for new surf club

premium_icon REVEALED: Plans progress for new surf club

It would include restaurant, kiosk, space for lifesaving activities

Family day care to close after 'dishonest' educator caught

premium_icon Family day care to close after 'dishonest' educator caught

The Northern Rivers service will close in the coming weeks

Local Partners